In her own words, Carys explains how working with us has helped her find the confidence to extend a helping hand, assisting those in the same position she's experienced herself.

I lost my dad in April 2013 after a 6 year battle with cancer. I was extremely close to him and he was the only influential father figure to my 2 sons. His death hit me hard and use of my then controlled cannabis use, increased.

In January 2015 I had a mental breakdown and my life spiralled out of control. I was signposted to a recovery group where I felt I was brainwashed so I did some private research, left and started with Solas at Spectrum House where I started a course called Footsteps to Recovery.

This was a 1 week instance recovery course which helped me gain confidence and tools to be and stay abstinent and prevent from lapsing, but also to rebuild my life.

I am now about to finish my second course called ‘MILE’ run by a charity called NewLink Wales. I have gained much more confidence and information, and invaluable knowledge about drug and alcohol misuse.

On 26th May 2016 I will be 1 year clean from cannabis. NewLink Wales are also giving me free ongoing training to enable me to get me completely ready to go into the Voluntary world to help people in a position where I used to be.

NewLink Wales are a fantastic charity, and the fact that a lot of money given is from donations I feel it is imperative that outside donations need to continue to come in on a regular basis.

Also, because of my ongoing support from NewLink Wales, and my own faith, I am getting baptised on 27th March 2016. I wouldn’t have been able to do this a year ago.

I am now about to finish my second course called ‘MILE’ run by a charity called NewLink Wales. I have gained much more confidence and information, and invaluable knowledge about drug and alcohol misuse.